Gotham FC star Esther Gonzalez expressed her thoughts on the level of competition in the NWSL compared to Europe.
Esther Gonzalez compared NWSL to Europe, specifically mentioning Barcelona and the UEFA Champions League. Gonzalez, who joined Gotham FC in August and played a pivotal role in their NWSL title victory, provided insights into the differences in the quality of play between the two regions.
Esther Gonzalez, who scored the decisive goal in the NWSL final, has made a noteworthy claim about the competition level in the league. According to Esther Gonzalez, the NWSL matches are of a quality comparable to UEFA Champions League matches every time, emphasizing the high level of competition in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Esther Gonzalez thinks all NWSL games are like Champions League games
“One of the biggest differences with the Spanish League, which is a great League, is that here all the games, absolutely all of them, are like a Champions League game, at the highest level. In Spain there are some games that you can win four or five to zero, that your physical wear and tear is normal, that you have everything under control…”
“Here every game is like playing against Barça, which is the best team in the Spanish League: your level has to be the maximum, your physical demand is the maximum, and that happens weekend after weekend”
“Afterwards, the big difference is control, in Spain we have a lot of control over the games, the times, when to pause, when to attack and when not to. Here they look so physically superior that it’s all about transitions”
Esther Gonzalez will now have her offseason with Gotham FC after an incredible year of soccer. Achieving both the FIFA World Cup and an NWSL title in the same season is a remarkable feat, and the offseason provides her with an opportunity to rest and reset before the next campaign.